You probably think of gratitude as a nice sentiment to have, but not something that’s going to change your health. You might be surprised then to learn about all the health benefits that practicing gratitude can provide! Gratitude is good for you physically and mentally. Here are 10 health benefits of practicing gratitude, along with tips on how you can start practicing more right now.
Somedays I just feel blah. I am not happy with my body, my fitness progress, or life in general. On those days, I try to remind myself to stop and practice gratitude. I know it will make me feel better in the moment but it will also help me be a healthier person.
Now that you’ve seen some of the great health benefits of practicing gratitude, here are some of my favorite ways to practice being grateful every day!
– Start, or end, your day by writing down three things you’re thankful for (or both!)
It is great to keep everything written down so that you can go back and look at it over time and realize how much you have to be grateful for. You could keep this in the gratitude journal or gratitude jar or anywhere that’s easy for you to see and look back at.
-Add gratitude to your workout- try to think of something you are grateful for with each rep or turn a long run/walk into a time to pray and give thanks.
-At mealtimes sit with your family or roommates and share what everyone is grateful for. Who knows? It might shift the whole mood of the room and bring you closer together!
-Write a thank-you note or email to someone. Not only will, you feel better but you will also make the person receiving the note feel good too.
-Say thank you often.
-Meditate. Meditation is a great way to help you focus on the here and now and be grateful for what is present in your life.
-Set up gratitude cues or reminders around your home or workplace to remind you of all the things you have to be grateful for. This could be pictures, quotes, anything that makes you feel happy.
I’ve been practicing gratitude for a few months now, and it has really helped me stay grounded. Every day, I take some time to think about the things that are going well in my life – big or small. And of course there are days where this is more difficult than others, but being grateful for what you have helps put everything into perspective which can help ease stress tremendously. So if you want more mental clarity and physical health benefits like these, start practicing gratitude today!
Change more than just your body